Our People

Corporate Support Team

Leasa Hester

Executive Assistant

Leasa began her career with The Sunray Companies in 2001 as the first corporate office employee when the company had just 4 units. She has been involved in all aspects of the growth of the company. Her dedication and willingness to evolve with the changing needs of a growing company has been essential to the success of The Sunray Companies. Leasa has 1 child, 4 step-children and 8 grandchildren.

“Never let your work drive you. Master it and keep it in complete control.”

Ben Sweetland

Vallie Gobbel

Marketing Manager

Born and raised in central Mississippi and an Alpha Omega graduate from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Vallie attended The University of Alabama. During her time there, she was active in the Communications and Information Sciences school. Vallie served as treasurer on the Advertising & Public Relations Student Initiative Board and was active in many other organizations. She ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising and English after three and a half amazing years.

Out of college, Vallie started a career in retail at a boutique where she quickly gained necessary management experience. Her retail work also involved a great deal of social media, planning, merchandising and graphic design.

Vallie joined Sunray as Marketing Manager in August of 2022. Her current role allows and challenges her to bring creative freedom and new ideas to the table.

Outside of work, Vallie enjoys travelling, being with family and friends, and lots of retail therapy. She currently resides in Madison with her husband and puppy, Bogey.

“We know what we are but not what we might be.”

William Shakespeare

Christie Ulmer

Accounts Payable Manager

A Mississippi native, Christie joined the Sunray team in December 2020 where she is utilizing 20 plus years of experience in accounting both payables and receivables. She graduated from Belhaven University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with my grandchildren. Christie resides in Brandon with her husband, Todd.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Jody Logan

Construction Supervisor

Jody, a native of Yazoo City, was a custom home contractor for 18 years and a member of the Mississippi Home Builders Association. Jody joined The Sunray Companies in August 2004 as a working construction superintendent. His first project was the Palm Beach Center in Ridgeland. In his 13 years with our company, Jody has completed over 20 construction projects including build-outs of our six Palm Beach Tans, 11 of our Massage Envy clinics, renovation of two hotels, and the renovation of our corporate office building in Madison. He also perfected techniques in Uniflex roof coating systems and parking lot sealcoating. Jody currently resides in Brandon and has two sons.

“Keep on keeping on.”


Samantha Lovegood

Accounting Clerk

Samantha was born and raised in Heber City, Utah and has since lived in five states. She began her role with Sunray as an accounting clerk in February of 2024. Her high attention to detail and time management skills, as well as her past experience, makes her an incredible asset to the accounting team. Her hobbies include spending time with her two young kids and playing disc golf.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

Parker Fisher

Accounting Clerk

Parker was born in 1996 and has lived in Madison his whole life. In 2015 he graduated from Madison Central High School. After that he went to Holmes Community College in Ridgeland where he earned his associate degree. In 2017 he attended Mississippi College and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Spring of 2020 and then his MBA in accounting in 2022. He worked at Kroger from 2016-2023 managing the dairy department before joining The Sunray Companies. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Mississippi State bulldogs and going to the gym.

Autumn Fortenberry

Recruiting and Retention Coordinator

A Mississippi native, Autumn was raised in the small town of Magnolia and attended the University of Mississippi where she earned a B.A. in Public Policy Leadership. During her time at Ole Miss, she was active in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and served on the Student Government Executive Committee as Judicial Chair.

After graduating college, Autumn moved to the Jackson, MS area to begin a career in Human Resources and Talent Management. She joined Sunray as Recruiting and Retention Coordinator in May of 2024. In this role, she enjoys meeting new faces each day, building relationships with new team members, and growing community connections within our various locations and brands.

In her free time, Autumn enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking her dog Maggie on walks, and trying out new recipes.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

Dr. Seuss

Mary Scott Bishop

Operations Assistant

Mary Scott hails from Madison, Mississippi, where she was born and raised. She completed her high school education at MRA in 2019 and then pursued her higher education at the University of Mississippi, where she recently graduated in May 2023. Her degree is in Integrated Communications Marketing, with a minor in Business.

Outside of work, Mary Scott’s interests include shopping, cooking, and attending sporting events. Mary Scott is thrilled to be a part of Sunray Companies and looks forward to contributing to its growth and learning from the best in the business.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:23-24